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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
TAMPA, Fla. -- We did this last week with Deuce McAllister and we'll do it again now with Derrick Brooks.
When the New Orleans Saints cut McAllister loose, I asked for your take on where the running back rated in franchise history. The consensus was that he might have been the best New Orleans player in history and, certainly, no worse than third.
Let's do the same thing with Brooks -- but take it just a step more. Let's just go ahead and say Brooks is the best player in Tampa Bay history. I already made that case at length last June.
Let's hear in the mailbag or in the comments section below if you think Brooks is the best player in the history of the NFC South. I'll post some of your responses in the blog in the coming days.
For clarity's sake, let's go ahead and put out a little background and some rules. Keep in mind, the NFC South officially came into being as a division in 2002. For this situation, let's just use that as a guideline, but we don't want the best player in the division just since 2002.
We want the best player EVER to play for an NFC South team, even officially before there were NFC South teams. For instance, Claude Humphrey, Rickey Jackson, Archie Manning, Doug Williams, Sam Mills, Warren Sapp, Lee Roy Selmon … guys like that, they're all eligible and I'm just throwing out a few examples here.
Also, guys like Reggie White, who finished his career with the Panthers, don't count as NFC South players. In general, I'm talking about guys who played the bulk of their career with an NFC South team.
I'll go on the record and say nobody's better than Brooks.
Go ahead and agree or disagree.